US 7100779 B2
This pegboard is injection molded of plastic yielding a unitized flat panel, and rearwardly projecting peripheral flanges and cross webs terminating along a single plane, suited to provide clearance for a cooperating hook between a panel rear face and a flat mounting surface. The pegboard has rows and columns of holes of both nominal ⅛ inch and ¼ inch diameters on one inch centers, to accommodate both conventional nominal size hooks. The respective rows and columns of the different size holes are alternately arranged offset from one another vertically and horizontally, allowing either size hook mounting virtually anywhere on the panel. Locating structures on the rear side of the pegboards provide accurate back to back squared registry positioning of two like pegboards, for cool-down after molding without shape distortion and for stable twin-pack packaging for retail sales.
1. For a pegboard system consisting of a pegboard with a planar panel having holes arranged in horizontal rows and vertical columns through the panel, and hooks suited to be secured onto the panel at the holes, an improved pegboard comprising
the pegboard panel being formed of plastic by injection molding and having integrally formed therewith rearwardly projected peripheral edge flanges and intermediate cross webs extended to and between the peripheral flanges;
the flanges and webs having rear faces lying along a single plane rearwardly spaced from a rear panel face so that the panel can be secured relative to a vertical surface with the rear faces of the flanges and webs against said surface so as to provide clearance space between the rear panel face and said surface for allowing hook insertion and removal relative to the panel;
means formed off the rear panel face at spaced locations, operable to hold in squared back to back registry two like panels with the flange and web rear faces engaged, suited when clamped together to provide stabilized post molding cool-down and further to provide stabilized twin-pack packaging of such pegboards.
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5. For a pegboard system consisting of a pegboard with a planar panel having front and rear faces, holes arranged in horizontal rows and vertical columns through the panel, and hooks suited to be secured onto the panel at the holes, an improved pegboard comprising
rearwardly projected peripheral flanges unitized with the panel off the rear panel face;
rearwardly projected intermediate cross webs unitized with the panel off the rear panel face and extended to the peripheral flanges;
the peripheral flanges and intermediate cross webs having rear faces lying along a single plane rearwardly spaced from the rear panel face;
means formed off the rear panel face near the panel corners, operable to hold in squared registry two like oppositely faced pegboards having the rear flange and web faces engaged, for stabilizing twin-pack packaging of two such pegboards for retail sales, and
means to secure either unpacked pegboard with the rear face of the flanges and webs against a vertical mounting surface, whereby the rear panel face is spaced from said mounting surface to allow hook insertion and removal relative to the panel.
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Pegboard systems are commonly used for storing tools or varied items, spaced off a vertical wall of a garage, workshop or the like. A conventional pegboard system is comprised of a flat sheet or panel with many holes arranged in equally spaced crossing rows and columns, and rigid hooks each suited to be easily inserted through one or more hole(s) to be secured to the panel at almost any location. Each hook will have a forward portion shaped to receive and hold the item to be stored, and a shank and upturned rear tab that can be inserted into or through the hole(s) to become interlocked on the panel.
As the rear hook tab protrudes beyond the rear face of the panel, the panel must be supported slightly forward of the wall, conventionally by separate furring stripes located around the perimeter of the panel. This makes fabrication and/or installation of the pegboard panel more difficult, such as merely screwing a flat panel against a wall surface.
The pegboard Systems come in two common sizes: the panels of one system having holes of nominal ⅛ inch diameter to receive hooks of nominal ⅛ inch diameter wire gauge, and the panels of the other system having holes of nominal ¼ inch diameter to receive hooks of nominal ¼ inch diameter wire gauge. Depending on the source of the pegboard systems, the nominal sizes of the hooks, hole diameters and panel thickness will actually vary, where for example a ⅛ inch hook wire gauge might be between 0.12–0.16 inch diameter, the nominal ⅛ inch hole might be up to 0.20 inch diameter, the nominal ¼ inch hook might be between 0.20–0.24 inch diameter, and the nominal ¼ inch hole might be up to 0.30 inch diameter. The panels of each system also might vary, but nominally might be ⅛ inch and ¼ inch thick.
Of interest to this invention, the panel holes of either hook size system are all of the same size, meaning that a separate panel is required for the use of each hook size. Although ⅛ inch hooks can generally be fitted on the ¼ inch panels, excessive free play can result in unstable support of the hook which can be easily dislodged and/or drop its supported item. However, ¼ inch hooks typically cannot be fitted on the ⅛ inch boards.
This invention relates to and an object of this invention is to provide a pegboard system having a flat panel or sheet and unitized peripheral flanges and cross webs rearwardly projected off of the rear face of the panel, where the rear edges of the flanges and webs are generally disposed along a plane spaced rearwardly of and parallel to the panel rear face so as to allow installation of the panel onto any flat mounting surface without furring strips while yet providing hook tab clearance between the panel rear face and mounting surface.
A more detailed object of the invention is to provide a pegboard panel of molded plastic, where the panel, flanges and cross webs are integrally formed as part of a single unit.
Another invention object of the invention is to provide stable cool-down of the molded pegboard panel by clamping two like panels in squared registry with the rear flange and cross web faces against one another during the cool-down; where the locating structures for establishing the squared two panel registry can further stabilize them for packaging as a twin pack for subsequent retail sales.
A further object of this invention is to provide a pegboard panel having rows and columns of holes of both the nominal ⅛ inch and the ¼ inch diameters, to accommodate on a single board both nominal ⅛ inch and ¼ inch diameter hooks.
A more specific object of the invention is to offset the respective rows and columns of the different size holes from one another, such as by one-half inch to be centered between the conventional hole rows and columns on one inch centers, so that either size hook can be located virtually anywhere on the panel in appropriate hole(s) thereat.
These and other objects, features or advantages of this invention will be more fully understood and appreciated after consideration of the following description of the invention, which includes the accompanying drawings, wherein:
The pegboard 10 illustrated is comprised as a rectangular planar panel 12 having peripheral edges 13, 14, and having front and rear faces 15, 16. Peripheral flanges 19, 20 are projected rearwardly off of the panel 12 at the edges 13, 14, and intermediate cross webs 21, 22 are projected rearwardly off of the rear panel face 16 disposed parallel and normal to and extended to the different respective peripheral flanges. The peripheral flanges 19, 20 and intermediate cross webs 21, 22 have rear faces 25 that lie generally along a single plane spaced rearwardly from the rear panel face 16 by a distance sufficient to allow hook insertion onto, removal from, or secured mounting on the panel 12 as needed.
The pegboard panel 12, in the regions 28 between the rearwardly projected flanges 19,20 and crossing intermediate webs 21, 22, has small holes 30 arranged in horizontal rows 31 and vertical columns 32, and has large holes 34 arranged in horizontal rows 35 and vertical columns 36. This hole arrangement is suited to allow the pegboard panel 12 to accept both small and large item carrying hooks 38 and 39. The holes 30, 34 might respectively have to the nominal ⅛ or ¼ inch diameters.
More specifically with respect to the subject invention, the respective rows and columns of the different size holes 30, 34 are alternately arranged and are offset from one another both horizontally and vertically by approximately the “A/2” distance. This further provides that the different size holes are alternately arranged and centered along diagonally angled patterns 40, 41 disposed on approximately 45 degree angles from the horizontal rows 31, 35 and vertical columns 32, 36.
Every hook 38, 39 basically has a front portion 42, 43 disposed to lie against the front panel face 15, a shank 44, 45 angled normally and rearwardly off of the front portion 42, 43 and disposed to extend through the panel thickness, and a rear tab 46 47 upturned off of the shank and disposed to lie against the rear panel face 16. The pegboard thickness at the hole will be less than the length of the shank 44, 45. Thus, the tab 46, 47 and shank 44, 45 can be inserted into or through the hole(s) 30, 34 upon the rotation of the hook first counterclockwise (in
Part of this invention is forming the pegboard 10 of plastic, by injection molding. This results the pegboard panel and all flanges and webs unitized, and forming all holes also in this single molding process. However, after the pegboard is ejected from the molding apparatus, it is hot and somewhat flexible and must be held squared up with the front panel faces flat and planar until cooled sufficiently to be stable. This invention provides a stabilized cool-down process, and requiring that all of the pegboards are the same with the flanges and intermediate webs symmetrically located relative to the pegboard center. Thus, when two pegboard are in back to back contacting position, the rear faces of the flanges and webs contact and create a squared registry condition with the front panel faces 15 flat and planar.
The structures 50 for easily locating this stabilized cool-down position includes webs 52, 53, 54, 55, radiating from an open central space 56, that are formed off the rear panel face near each corner of the panel. A pin 58 (
After cool-down, the paired panels can be unclamped but they will yet be held in squared registry by the locating structures 50 and pins 58, with the front faces 15 exposed outwardly. At this point, printed flat sheet product promotional material (not shown) can be laid against either front face 15 and the entire assembly can be wrapped in transparent cellophane or the like 62 to form a twin pack package suited for subsequent retail sales. When the package ultimately is opened, locating pins 58 can be discarded, and the two pegboards can be mounted where needed for end use.
Each pegboard 10 can be secured to a vertical wall or like surface 65 by passing mounting screws (not shown) through any of the panel holes, at appropriate locations (to hit wall studs or the like) and in sufficient numbers to support the carried weight of the pegboard and loaded hooks. When so mounted, the rear faces 25 of the flanges and webs butt against mounting surface 65 to space and support the rear panel face 16 therefrom for needed hook clearances, and further to reinforce and provide solid panel support at the crossing webs 21, 22 (which might be at 6–10 inch spacings) to add to the maximum carried loads.
Although not necessary, the panel 12 adjacent the larger holes 34 optionally might be reinforced by adding to the panel thickness around these holes, such as at rearwardly protruding bosses 68 (see
While specific structures have been illustrated, minor changes could be made without departing from the spirit of the inventive teaching. Accordingly, the invention is to determined by the scope of the following claims.